Saying Goodbye to Mr. Chapman

When you think of the definition of Mr. Chapman, the first person that will always come to our minds is Jon Londeen. A pillar of the community that always had a hello when you walked into his store, Londeen’s Hardware, in the heart of the beautiful town. You were greeted with that smile that was bigger than life, and a personality to match. His kindness drew you in. Last week, the town of Chapman lost that pillar, their Mr. Chapman.

Going into his store will never be the same. For those who have known Jon for either their whole life or for maybe just a short while, they knew how much Chapman meant to him and really, how much he meant to Chapman. Whether it was one of the schools, a town event, or anything else that revolved around the town, Jon Londeen, along with his wife, Kay, were the biggest cheerleaders and supporters of Chapman.

John Sanborn was one of those lucky people who had known, his best friend since childhood, Jon Londeen. John told me about a picture that showed the boys, ages 3 and 4, peddling their tricycles down the sidewalks of Chapman. They lived down the street from one another and were inseparable. As they grew older, many games of basketball were played on the west side of Londeen’s funeral home, which was owned by Jon’s parents. John Sanborn had the chance to coach Eric Londeen, Jon’s son, when he coached at Chapman High School. Eric had the same athletic ability as his father. “Although we played bigger schools, such as Salina and Manhattan, while we were in school, Jon Londeen was an amazing athlete” noted Sanborn. He fondly remembers a basketball Invitational tournament where Londeen was the big scorer for the night. That was a great day states Sanborn.

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